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“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all…

2019 Predictions

As a new year is upon us, this is a good time to start thinking about context and read through the tea leaves of what’s next. I did miss out on predictions last year but I’m resuming past that hiatus. So here are some predictions about 2019 The easy one: Instability We’ve had a preview…

A Time for Hope

In a country already set ablaze, and with flames still burning in the background, French president Emmanuel Macron made his intentions clear: “We will rebuild… altogether… it is part of our French destiny… because that is what our history deserves.” And in that somber moment, Macron reminded the world that hope always trumps despair, that…

The Incumbent Challenge

“I’ve got a feeling… that tonight’s gonna be a good night” – Black eyed peas In the fight for wearable, a challenge has come totally from left field, and is being executed in a way that is oddly familiar. Last night, at Dreamforce, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am introduced Puls, a new wristband that combines communication…

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It turns out it takes about 14 years for things to return to normalcy after a substantial crisis. For the first time in 14 years, I didn’t approach this week with the same level of dread I have for over a decade. The new World Trade Center even stands, in my mind and my heart,…

There’s no app for that

The next generation of successful services may not come up as individual apps. In the past few months, Uber has quietly started embedding itself beyond its own app (you can now order an Uber from Foursquare, Google Maps, OpenTable, Hilton, and others). This approach is pointing to a potential future where there is no specific…

An internet thanksgiving

This week, in the United States, people will be celebrated Thanksgiving, a time to eat turkey and look at the things we’re all thankful for. With this in mind, I’d like to thank the people who make one of the most revolutionary communication medium, the internet, work. I’d like to thank pioneers like Bob Kahn…

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I went to the World Trade Center yesterday… to get my son’s mac fixed and was at pains to explain what happened on that day, 15 years ago, when I, along with a whole generation, was forced to grow up. The strange normalcy of walking into an Apple store only steps away from hallowed ground…

The Electoral College Test

Much like a large part of the country, I was in shock last week over the results of the election. As happened with Brexit a few months ago in the United Kingdom, a wave of populism mixed with nationalism is leading to a surprising result that baffled the pundits and left a majority of voters…

The new command line

Long before Windows, long before MacOS, there was the command line. Long before iOS, and long before Android, the only way to bend a computer to your will was to give short commands that could be interpreted by the operating system. Today, that world has become mostly invisible to regular users, who generally tap or point…

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